“He can play a lot better” – Shaun Wane on John Bateman’s place in his England side

John Bateman picked up the Man of the Match for England yesterday for an excellent performance in which he scored a try down to a superb feat of strength and also created the try of the game for George Williams.

To many, as a world class backrow, this performance surely would be further proof that Bateman is nailed on for a spot in Shaun Wane’s England team.

However, that’s not the case with Wane praising him but also noting that he can do better: “He did good today. Played in the middle with a bit of freedom. I thought he had a really good game.

“There were a few defensive errors early in the game. I think he needs to get rid of them. Overall he was busy and looked good but I genuinely think he can play a lot better. There are a couple of details that he needs to get better.”

He would then go onto reveal that Bateman’s place in the England side is not nailed down like others: “I’m not sure John’s one of them – I’d say three or four are nailed on but if their performances dip this year – when I say the door’s open, I genuinely mean that.

“I know in my heart and listen to my coaches. Anyone can force their way into the England team.”

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